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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

EVERY CHILD OUGHT TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF GROWING & EATING SIMPLE WHOLE FOODS.

Summer is starting at Dahlia Heights

By Alexandra Carbone | May 27, 2017

The school year is very busy at Dahlia Heights as all the classes get ready for graduation and end of year ceremonies. The sixth grade is just getting their time in the garden so we are working on their bed, which needs a lot of work! We weeded it today and will plant it out…

Working hard like farmers!

By Alexys Thomas | May 26, 2017

This week at Gardner was fun! We really got our hands dirty. We cut back our mustard cover crops and tended them back into the soil and as mulch on the soil. We planted cucumbers and peppers afterwards. We harvested seeds from arugula, nasturtium, calendula, radish, and next week, cilantro! Lastly we installed a hugelkulture!…

Garden Decomposers Abound! at Lassen St. Elementary

By Jessica Brown | May 25, 2017

We had a multitude of special guests at Lassen St. Elementary school this morning. Andrea was with me to offer a helping hand- which was definitely needed because I brought a chicken AND a pair of ducklings into the garden!  Animals fit nicely into the garden or farm ecosystem.  Beyond the wonderful eggs, meat and…

Garden Pizzas at Whaley!

By Alex Aleshire | May 25, 2017

The garden at Whaley was in need of a good harvest and although the kids really enjoy salads, I thought we’d try cooking some of the bounty of veggies instead! The kids were all onboard, and went straight to work! I brought in a toaster oven, some tortillas, tomato sauce and cheese.  The kids harvested,…

Seed saving, mint, and basil

By Matt Heidrich | May 25, 2017

Today we did a seed saving lesson. We explored the garden and found seeds to save. We found tomato, basil, geranium, broccoli, and lavender seeds. We snacked on mint and basil and saw our friends the bees eating pollen. Strawberries are ripening up!

LA Water and Food’s Water Footprint at Roosevelt

By Lindsay De May | May 24, 2017

Water is one of the essential factors to grow anything in a garden. This week, students at Roosevelt learned about water in LA. We began with discussing the 3 main sources of water for the area. First being Mono Lake and Owen’s River, which feed into the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The second is imported water…

Okra, squash, beans, mulch

By Matt Heidrich | May 24, 2017

Today we laid mulch in the garden. Okra, beans, and squash are all fruiting. We snacked on garden lettuce. The sunflowers are now 7 feet tall. We also have golden amaranth growing. Amaranth has edible leaves and seeds.

Flower parts and planting flowers at CWC

By Cindy Soto | May 24, 2017

May 22, 2017 Monday was all about flowers! First, I read a book called “A Reason for Flower” in which students realized, “oh the reason for a flower is to make SEEDS!” After the book, we learned about the anatomy of a flower, but only two parts, the female and the male part of the…

Corn is coming up at LFCSA

By Cindy Soto | May 24, 2017

May 22, 2017 Monday was another day of some good garden maintenance. More seedlings were put in, more mulch was spread out and noticed that are corn are doing pretty well, and are starting to pop up! Some of the seedlings that went into the garden. I also planted a few more Sunflower seeds. Mulch…

Food for the Soil

By Zuri Blandon | May 24, 2017

Students were busy helping add  nutrients to our beds. Students learned about  compost and other ways to make  the soil rich.  Students also harvest corianders seeds, We are letting cilantro plants  go to flower and dry. Next week they will be able to take the seeds with them and start their own cilantro growing..

SCHOOL GARDENS CREATED

WEEKLY RANGER PROGRAM SCHOOLS

LOS ANGELES STUDENTS SERVED

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

We do not build and run. Our Garden Rangers maintain the garden space weekly and provide place-based learning opportunities for students, offering lesson plans with topics such as nutrition, healthy living, gardening, and environmental stewardship. These garden classes help students establish an immediate connection between the process of growing fruits and vegetables and consuming these foods in our outdoor kitchens. With these gardens, the classroom is given local focus, tangible results, and involvement in inquiry-based education.

For many students, our school gardens are their only access to green, outdoor spaces in their neighborhood.  By improving the environmental quality of their surroundings, children are more likely to succeed.  We have seen first-hand how access to edible gardens can bring joy and community involvement.

 

We have created 100 + in 4 years. We are barreling towards 200.

School gardens improve air quality, increase exposure to the natural world, encourage environmental stewardship, and positively impact health and eating habits of students and the surrounding community. These gardens act as catalysts to show students just how versatile, delicious, and FUN healthy food can be, developing positive attitudes toward healthy, fresh food and increasing consumption of these foods. The startling obesity statistics in Metro Los Angeles alone demonstrate a strong need for access to simple whole foods through gardening.

 

Our Values

Goal

A working edible garden in every Los Angeles School.

Culture

Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and ambitious.

Food justice and food insecure

are words you will rarely hear from us. We know the issues. We focus on solutions. No further study needed. We know how we can help.

Step 1. Get gardens into schools.

Step 2. Attract kids into these gardens.

We are all about action.

Our customers

are the kids. We strive to deliver a great product; a lush vegetable garden.

 

 

Schools

Get a garden in your school now

Companies

Build something lasting with us

Humans

It is easy to help out

There are many Non-Profits out there, but not all are very effective or frugal. Our people are people who volunteer, intern and give. People who care. We have minimal staff. Our garden rangers fan out to 68 schools weekly.  We respect our people by treating their time as precious. If you volunteer, we want you to be exhausted. We feel that if you are going to give up your day to help us and others then the least that we can do is make it worth your while.

EnrichLA builds and takes care of edible school gardens throughout Los Angeles.

After co-founder and Executive Director Tomas O'Grady recognized a need to connect students with the source of their food, EnrichLA was founded in August 2011 as a 501(c)(3) designated non-profit. By installing and managing a school garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School, Tomas discovered how its presence benefited the lives of students, staff and the surrounding community.  King Middle School is now one of 68 schools that demonstrate how school gardens can transform a community through increased student involvement and improved aesthetics, improving morale and promoting healthy living.  The immeasurable benefits at this school led Tomas to the motto: A Garden in Every School. Ultimately, we think that every child in every school in this city ought to experience the joy of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating simple whole foods.

enrichla
2173 Cedarhurst Drive
Los Anegles, CA 90027

3423 387 3866

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